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Maazii (movie poster).jpg
Directed byJaideep Chopra
Produced byJaideep Chopra
Written bySumeet Nijhawan, Shirish Sharma
Screenplay bySumeet Nijhawan, Shirish Sharma
Music byFaizan Hussain and Agnel Roman
CinematographySurjodeep Ghosh
Edited byRameshwar S Bhagat
Jaideep Chopra productions
Release date
  • 27 September 2013 (2013-09-27)
Running time
130 minutes

Maazii (transl. Past) is an Indian bollywood film.,[1][2] directed by Jaideep Chopra and produced by Jaideep Chopra & Narendra Singh.[3] The title Maazii is an Urdu word meaning "the past".



Maazii is essentially a thriller that travels from the hills of Mussoorie to the plains of western UP. It is a story about a couple Tarun (Sumit Nijhawan) and Shrishti (Mona Wasu) who have a near perfect relationship. However, by a twist of fate, an unfortunate accident occurs which brings Tarun's life into the limelight and turns him into a hero overnight. The events that follow not only shatter the peaceful life of the family but also put them in grave danger. But when his daughter, Minal (Saanvi Sharma) is kidnapped at the hands of an unknown assailant, Tarun will stop at nothing to get her back safely. He must now return to his roots and find out who is wreaking havoc in his life and what is the motive behind it.


This movie is a remake of the English movie A History of Violence (2005).


The first half of the film was shot in the scenic locations of Mussourie and Dehradun, and the second half was mostly shot in the rustic and raw locations of Meerut. The flashback portion of the film was filmed in Rao Raj Vilas fort of Jat Jagirdar of Kuchesar, near Meerut. The shooting was completed within the pre-decided schedule of 31 days from 29 October to 2 November 2012. The production budget was around Rs. Four Crores.


The film was released across the country on 27 September 2013. However, being a debutorial venture without any big names attached to it, despite great critical acclaim, Maazii failed to get many screens. On 2 October, Besharam's release wiped Maazii out of theaters, but since Besharam tanked, It got another opportunity and was re-released in cinemas on 11 October 2013.[5]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Despite being Jaideep Chopra's debut directorial, Maazii received good critical acclaim and his work as a director was appreciated. Renowned critic Subhash K. Jha, called it "the shocking surprise of the season." He also stated that Maazii "takes us back to the stylish thrillers of B.R. Chopra like Dhund and Ittefaq. Debutant Jaideep Chopra's film is well-crafted and thoughtfully scripted. It's an original idea executed in a gripping language. Worth a dekko for its suspenseful aura." [6]

Rohit Vats from IBN7 gave Maazii a rating of 4/5 stars and was all praises for the film. He claimed that Maazii shows "a glimpse of the latent potential of the gangster genre" and was "not to be missed" [7] India Today's Faheem Ruhani mentioned in his review that "Director Jaideep Chopra's debut directorial Maazii is that pleasant surprise which hits you once in a while." [8]

"Maazii" was also listed as one of the 10 "small films/non-star cast films that made it big" in 2013 in an article in DNA newspaper.[9]


Despite good critic reviews, the film was not given many screens. In an interview, the producers of the film reported that several multiplex chains had demanded money in return for giving them shows.[10] This led to a wave of controversy with several other producers and directors coming forward to claim that they had faced similar extortion at the hands of multiplex chains.


Soundtrack album by
Faizan Hussain-Agnel Roman
Released27 September 2013 (2013-09-27)
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music score of the film was composed by the duo Faizan Hussain-Agnel Roman, Maazii being their first commercial film album. Faizan Hussain is the nephew of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. Lyrics for the album were written by Swanand Kirkire and Arun Kumar. The preparation for the songs and selection of music started as early as May 2012. Recording of the songs began in October 2012.

The music album was launched on 30 August 2013.[11]

Track listing
1."Maula"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan,4:59
2."Mora Jiya"Rekha Bhardwaj4:24
3."Zindagi"Shalmali Kholgade, Nikhil Paul George4:13
4."Totta"Mika, Manjeera Ganguly4:27
5."Mora Jiya Instrumental"Niladri Kumar, Rakesh Chaurasiya3:33
6."Totta Remix"Mika, Manjeera Ganguly3:18
Total length:24:52

Nominations and awards[edit]

Award Category Recipients and Nominees Outcome
IBN LIVE Film Awards Best Independent Film 2013 Jaideep Chopra for Maazii Won
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2014 Best Film Category Jaideep Chopra for Maazii Official Selection/Nomination
Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles 2014 Foreign Film Category Jaideep Chopra for Maazii Won "Honorable Mention"
Indie Film Fest California 2014 Foreign Independent Film Category Jaideep Chopra for Maazii Won "Award of Merit"
Indian Cine Film Festival 2014 Best Film Category Jaideep Chopra for Maazii Special Festival Mention
Radio Mirchi Music Awards Best Raag Based Song 2013 Rekha Bhardwaj for Mora Jiya Nominated


  1. ^ Maazii - Review |
  2. ^ Maazii film Review
  3. ^ Maazii Star Cast, Actor, Actress, Director
  4. ^ Maazii film cast at IMDb
  5. ^ Tseng, Rachel. "Maazii gets a second chance". The Metrognome. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  6. ^ Jha, Subhash K. "Maazii: Raw, stylish surprise of the season". Yahoo news. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  7. ^ Vats, Rohit. ""Maazii" review: It transports the audience into a dark, unseen world". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. ^ Ruhani, Faheem. "Movie review: Maazii". Indiatoday. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  9. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (25 December 2013). "2013 - The year that was - Small films that made it big". DNA India. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Jha, Subhash K. "Shocking monopoly by the multiplex chains thwarts new releases". Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Music Launch of film "Maazii"". AniNews. Ani News. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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